Having just wrapped The Final Frontier Tour, which saw Dream Theater support Iron Maiden across North America, Mike Portnoy is now on tour drumming for Avenged Sevenfold, whom he recorded the brand new album Nightmares with. To his versatile style and mastery of the skins, backstageaxxess.com contends, "When compiling a list of the top 10 drummers on the planet, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy has to be at the top of that list. He is, without a doubt, one of the most complete and influential drummers in music."

But with his renowned skillset aside, the site talks to Portnoy about his main band's latest effort, 2009's Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Watch below as Portnoy dives deep into the meaning behind "The Best of Times," discusses what's next in store for DT, his role in A7X and much more.